When Candace Chen, an office worker at a big name publisher specializing in overseas production in China, agrees to keep working when most of her coworkers stay home--sick with a new disease called Shen fever or fearful of contracting the disease--she doesn’t expect to work through the apocalypse, but that’s exactly what happens. As Candace continues going to work each day, she watches New York crumble around her, the infrastructure deteriorating with no one to maintain it, businesses shutting down. The world is ending.Read More
Mary & Emily are avid watchers of MTV’s long-running reality TV series Catfish. So when they learned that MTV was releasing a new show called Ghosted, all about tracking down people from your past who have totally disappeared on you without a word, they both knew they were all in. And then they found out former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay (or is it Abasolo now?) was going to be a host. That’s when they decided they had to review it for the blog. Here is that review. Some spoilers for past Ghosted episodes to follow.Read More
It’s Fall premiere season, and lots of new shows aired on network TV this week. Interestingly, a lot of shows caught my eye, and so I’m now delivering to you, dear reader, a rundown of television shows you could add to your weekly lineup. I’ve watched them all for you so you can pick out your favorites.Read More
Hello, and welcome to another installment of YA Book club, the place where Emily and Mary talk all things YA! This month, we’re talking about Warcross by Marie Lu. This novel follows Emika Chen, a young woman on the brink of financial disaster, unable to pay her rent and in debt. When Emika hacks into a Warcross tournament, she unintentionally catches the eye of Hideo Tanaka, the founder of the Warcross games and a tech billionaire. As Emika and Hideo grow closer, Emikia is tasked with finding a dangerous hacker who threatens to jeopardize Hideo’s business--and his life. This novel has been compared to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, but is notably different because it features a female protagonist and a less sweeping (though perhaps more personal and dangerous) plot. Join us, as we discuss Warcross!Read More
On its face, Superstore is a show about the rights of retail workers, laborers people sometimes overlook or abuse. A disgruntled cast of employees struggle with daily events in a Walmart-style box store named Cloud9, with plenty of interstitial weird scenes from customers (think, a melting carton of ice cream in an aisle of kitchen appliances, which the show revisits throughout the episode as it slowly melts).
Created by Justin Spitzer, whose pedigree includes Scrubs and The Office, Superstore has a comedy pedigree to be proud of. The writing walks a line between heartfelt and funny, mean and realistic. The cast is stacked, with America Ferrera both starring and producing, and Ben Feldman (who you might remember as the guy who cut his nipple off on Mad Men) acting alongside her as co-star. Other notable cast members are Lauren Ash (playing the weird, gruff Dina), Colton Dunn (Garret), Nico Santos (Mateo), Nicole Bloom (Cheyenne), and Mark Mckinney (as the overtly religious Glenn). Mark Mckinney, a true comedy treasure, is a particular gem among the cast, as he balances the role of store-father and boss well. With this ensemble, the show is bound to be funny, but it’s also full of such heart that it deserves a more critical eye.
(Spoilers for seasons 1-4 of Superstore to follow)
Los Espookys follows a group of three friends, Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco), Andrés (Julio Torres), and Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherhotti)--and Úrsula’s sister Tati (Ana Fabrega)--as they begin to work as Los Espookys, horror enthusiasts who give horror to “those who need it” (as Renaldo says late in the series). The group stages elaborate horror scenarios--like an exorcism meant to make an aging priest more popular--for money, but their true joy is concocting the elaborate practical effects and make up that power their gigs.Read More
“It’s the nuances of desire that hold the truth of who we are at our rawest moments.”
Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.
The moment I saw the publisher’s blurb for Three Women, I knew it was something I wanted to read. Seeing it listed on various “most anticipated” lists and then hearing an interview with the author on another favorite podcast (Professional Book Nerds) my anticipation grew.
Because I had a few Audible credits banked, I preordered the book, and the morning it became available I began listening.Read More
I’ve always loved cats, even before I had cats of my own, even when my family insisted dogs were better and cats were “evil.” The Kitten Lady, and the larger community of cat foster parents, have helped me see the highs and lows of fostering while also presenting tons of cute kitten photos. The thing is, when a good, hard message gets wrapped in something sweet, you listen. The Kitten Lady’s approach to education is one like I’ve never seen before, full of compassion, a willingness to explain small details, and a profound love for the smallest cat population.Read More
Mary and Kelli saw Booksmart, a new film by Olivia Wilde and had some FEELINGS about it! Spoilers for Booksmart to follow!
Mary: Hiiiiii! Today, we are very excited to talk about Booksmart, the directorial debut from Olivia Wilde!! Do you want to introduce us a little?
Kelli: Sure! So, before I saw Booksmart, I heard it described as a cross between Lady Bird and Superbad, and I think that is a fairly accurate description - though it's probably more on the Superbad end of the spectrum. The film stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as Molly and Amy, two "booksmart" best friends who realize, on the last day of their senior year, that while they were studying hard to get into good schools, all of the other kids who were partying and acting like typical teenagers... also got into good schools. Horrified by this knowledge and determined to prove to her peers that she is "fun," Molly (Feldstein) drags Amy (Dever) along with her to have one night of debauchery before they graduate.
Mary: And boy, is it a wild night.Read More
As you know from our weekly Bachelor/ette recaps, I'm no stranger to reality TV dating shows. Thanks to Hulu, I've been revisiting an old favorite, VH1's Flavor of Love. Season 1 of FoL aired in 2006, when I was a senior in high school, and it paved the way for a slew of highly entertaining spin-offs in the following years, including Rock of Love (with Bret Michaels), I Love New York (featuring Tiffany Pollard, a contestant on both seasons 1 and 2 of FoL), Charm School, and I Love Money, among others. But for me, Flavor of Love is the OG of binge-worthy TV dating competitions. Here are some of my thoughts upon re-watching a gaggle of women vie for the affection of Flavor Flav.Read More